The Un-necessary Monument? The origins, impact and potential conservation of birmingham central library

Larkham, P.J. and Adams, D. (2016) The Un-necessary Monument? The origins, impact and potential conservation of birmingham central library. Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, 60. pp. 94-127. ISSN 0951001X (ISSN)

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Abstract

The conservation of recent heritage is contentious, and the issue of large-scale city centre Brutahst postwar buildings has proved more contentious than most. Many of these buildings have attracted neither widespread public support nor positive critical response. The example of Birmingham's Central library if used to explore these issues, as it has produced conflicting responsesfrom expert organisations, politicians, professionals and the public. The structure occupies a high-value site and, if realised, the income from its sale could be used for a range of civic activities. The intensely polarised debate was unsuccessful in changing entrenched opinions, and the building was prepared for demolition in mid-2015.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K100 Architecture
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 10:51
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 10:51
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3458

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